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Temples and residences of Hindu minority attacked in Rajganj of Begumganj Upazila in Noakhali district

On February 28, 2013 the International Crimes Tribunal-1 sentenced Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, Delwar Hossain Sayeedi with death penalty for crimes committed against humanity during the liberation war of 1971. In protest against the judgment, Jamaat-e-Islami called for hartal all over the country, which claimed five lives in brutal clashes between the police and the activists […]

July 10, 2013 | Read full story | Comments are closed


Since the 1980s, starting as a response to adjust the economy and resolve the balance of payment deficit; export oriented readymade garment industries have been growing fast. The processes of underdevelopment, coupled with the failure to constitute a democratic state, contributed to the rapid pauperization of the rural areas, releasing cheap labour and forcing people […]

June 19, 2013 | Read full story | Comments are closed

Assembly of Hefazate Islam Bangladesh and Human Rights Violations

Hefazate Islam Bangladesh, like any other non-political social and cultural organisation, claims to be a people’s platform to articulate the concerns of religious issues. According to the organisation, its aims are to take into consideration socio-economic, cultural, religious and political matters that affect values and practices of Islam. Moreover, protecting the rights of the Muslim […]

June 10, 2013 | Read full story | Comments are closed

Eight female workers killed and over 50 workers injured in a fire outbreak at Smart Export Garments

One of the primary sources of foreign remittance, Ready-Made Garments (RMG) is vital to Bangladesh’s economy. However, repeated instances of fire outbreak in garment factories have not only claimed lives of hundreds but also pointed out the concerned authority’s utter disregard towards moral responsibility. In recent times, the most horrific incident in the RMG sector […]

April 4, 2013 | Read full story | Comments are closed

A bloodstained garment sector: impunity of government officials and factory owners: Tazreen Fashions Limited tragedy

The Garment industry in Bangladesh has developed tremendously since the eighties, however, in an unplanned way. Currently, 3.5 million workers are engaged in 5,000 factories, 80 percent of them women. The readymade garment sector earns Bangladesh a major share of the foreign reserve, and hence keeping the economy moving. During the last fiscal year 2011-2012, […]

December 5, 2012 | Read full story | Comments are closed

The simultaneous destruction of Buddhist and Hindu temples with flammable substances and explosives resulting in enormous damage to people’s property and trust

This report was prepared by an Odhikar fact finding team after visiting the crime scenes in Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong. On September 29, 2012 about 7.30 pm, a controversial photo showing disrespect for the Holy Quran was shared from the facebook profile of a local Buddhist young man called Uttom Kumar Borua of Haitupi village, […]

October 17, 2012 | Read full story | Comments are closed